Warner Bros. Wants Strong Superman Movie

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Warner Bros. chief executive Kevin Tsujihara discussed the studio’s strong year at the box office, the success of “Aquaman”, and where things are at with their slate of DC Universe films.

With films like “Shazam,” “Joker,” “Wonder Woman 1984” and “Birds of Prey” all set to come out this year, Tsujihara says it feels like the studio is on the right track. “We have the right people in the right jobs working on it.”

“The universe isn’t as connected as we thought it was going to be five years ago. You’re seeing much more focus on individual experiences around individual characters. That’s not to say we won’t at some point come back to that notion of a more connected universe. But it feels like that’s the right strategy for us right now.”

As for Superman and Batman, he states, “Obviously, we want to get those two in the right place, and we want strong movies around Batman and Superman. But ‘Aquaman’ is a perfect example of what we can do. They’re each unique and the tone’s different in each movie.”

Hopefully Warner Bros. won’t wait too long before getting things “in the right place” for the Man of Steel.

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Lana2k5
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Lana2k5

Too late, Tsujihara. You should have thought of that in 2011 when you chose to start over.

Kal-Ed
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Kal-Ed

If the brainless, arrogant and ignorant head honcho had not have rushed everything with Batman V Superman and Justice League and taken the time to develop the characters then this would have been a whole different story. Of course we’ve all talked about this subject to death on boards, YouTube and comic shops worldwide. Too bad it took Justice League bombing for them to realize it. Still like it though as a live action Saturday morning cartoon. I suppose the loosely connected universe will be the best thing for them the next coupla years. Too bad about the wasted story… Read more »

Chiptooth
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Chiptooth

…yeah, Tsujihara’s comments about getting Superman “in the right place” and stepping away from a connected universe to me are basically the final epitaph for the DCEU’s Superman. If and when we get another Superman movie, I’m expecting yet another clean reboot with a new face in the cape the tights.

afriend
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afriend

And red trunks! 🙂

Chiptooth
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Chiptooth

Eh, the trunks I can take or leave – if they’re there, fine; if not, no big deal – but I rather WOULD like to see the yellow S back on the cape.

sundevil82
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sundevil82

He is one of the biggest reasons the universe is in shambles to begin with. I don’t want to hear anything this idiot has to say and I don’t trust him at all when it comes to these properties. He clearly only cares more about money as evident by rushing JL to receive a bonus. It remains to be seen whether or not ‘we have the right people In The right jobs.’ I’m not going to start falling all over myself about these people he hired. Give me a break. Same song and dance we’ve been hearing since the beginning.… Read more »

Superman2878
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Superman2878

It sounds like they’re tip toeing around the “when will the next Superman movie come out?” question to me.

sundevil82
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sundevil82

Yup I believe much like the Ben Affleck out as Batman thing they’re playing coy about it. And now we all know how that ended up.

I want Henry to continue in the role in a true superman SeQuel. It can be disconnected from the rest of the universe as well. There is literally nothing stopping it From being put into production.

PS is this you Spidey? Haha

Superman2878
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Superman2878

Yup. It’s me sundevil82. I’m glad you noticed.
I changed my name from spidey2878 to Superman2878 because of my admiration of Superman. That and this is the Superman Homepage and not the Spider-Man Homepage ha ha ha.

kal-bert
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kal-bert

Wow! I thought something about your name reminded me something else, now I see it XD
I agree completely with all you said in the previous comment. Well, both you and sundevil82

Superman2878
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Superman2878

If they ever make a Spider-Man website, maybe I’ll use my previous profile name for their site. Ha ha ha
Glad to hear from you kal-bert.

redcape
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redcape

HOLD ON!! At least we’re getting some communication from them. Look, what’s done is done. And there’s NO indication from this that they’ve shelved either character. So I for one take this as a positive. NOW….that doesn’t mean I want 10 years to go by either. But let us not throw this over the cliff. It IS something positive.

sundevil82
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sundevil82

I admire your optimism, but that was such a non answer. There is literally nothing holding it back if they wanted to make it. He’s basically saying ‘oh you want to know about Superman? Hey look over here at Aquaman and Joker!’ There’s not nor has there ever been such a vague response when it comes to the WW or Aquaman sequel. They’ll even give you dates for it. And you can be sure that no other hero will be coheadlining the movie. I too want to find the positive in this, but I don’t see anything materializing In the… Read more »

Superman2878
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Superman2878

So basically they want to make a “strong Superman movie” but there is no word on when they want to make it, no word on when Cavill will be back or if he will be back. So basically there is still no Superman movie planned.
That’s what I’m understanding from this article. Is there any news that says otherwise?

approuty
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“They’re each unique and the tone’s different in each movie”

Finally, they learned something. Yeah look like they will have to reboot their movie universe.

Yet, I don’t trust WB now and lose faith with them long time ago.

BMoore25
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So there’s a chance????

afriend
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afriend

-one in a thousand?

-more like in a million.

afriend
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afriend

“Strong”. Translation: “for the right price”. The last four (for the sake of argument, let’s call them “blockbuster era”) live-action films headlined by Superman averaged ~$263 million in domestic grosses. The oft-quoted (and I take it with a large grain of salt, considering what I know about “Hollywood Accounting”, but I haven’t seen any solid source to the contrary either) is that studios get 50-55% of the gross at the domestic box office (varies by international territories and any partnerships of course). Studios, at the end of the day, are in business to make money. Yes, films have ancillary revenues,… Read more »

kal-bert
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kal-bert

The main problem is that “domestic” box office idea. Studios tend to think that if a movie gets 0$ in USA (even though the worldwide office is 1 billion) is a comercial failure. It’s the only thing I really hate from people in USA: they think they’re the center of the world and nothing else counts.
Box office should be that: box office. In a globalized world like ours there are no divisions when it comes to money. There is no domestic, no foreign.

lcmcbain
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lcmcbain

It matters and is differentiated because Studios get about 50% of the domestic sales, but only 25% in China and about 30-40% for the rest of the world. So there is a legitimate reason why the U.S. market is the most important and it has nothing to do with nationalism.

Chiptooth
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Chiptooth

Yeah, that’s the other thing…aside from getting a director who actually wants to do it, I can’t see WB still wanting to throw more gobs of money at trying to make a Superman movie after all these years unless they’re virtually certain the movie will be profitable enough to actually keep a franchise going. To do that, they’re gonna want a serious cap on the budget. Unfortunately, that would probably mean not having so elaborate a villain this time, which means we’d probably be stuck with Luthor again…but then, I also think ditching the camp-comedy take on Luthor for once… Read more »

redcape
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redcape

For certain the bottom line is profits. But you can’t downplay the total significance of the foreign market(s). Even as far as Marvel is concerned their profits are driven by the addition of them. The problem is is that these movies cost too much to make. You’d think after all these years of special effect driven films that the costs would have settled into some what of an affordable if not manageable area, but they haven’t. We all know what happens when they make a cheap superhero movie. In saying that, one can look at the Justice League. It was… Read more »

JasEl
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JasEl

You don’t need a huge budget to make a good superhero movie, Deadpool had a really small budget, only $58mil and it made 783mil. That’s over 100mil more than Justice League on a little over 1/6 the budget. And that’s with the huge handycap of an R rating and a seriously garbage first outing for the character in XO:Wolverine. It’s not about budget, it’s about dedication from the cast and crew to getting the CHARACTER RIGHT AND DOING JUSTICE TO THE SOURCE MATERIAL FOR THE FANS

sundevil82
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sundevil82

I couldn’t agree more. It’s amazing that WB/DC Has NEVER understood this. But then again, I don’t gather that Tsujihara and the others care about the properties all that much or take them seriously. Say what you will about Deadpool or the MCU, but those properties are labors of love for the characters. Fiege, Reynolds, Tim Miller and the writers all stayed true to the characters. It’s never been about inflating the budget.

redcape
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redcape

Well when you look at the Deadpool character there’s not really a lot of effects that go into him. Your simply not going to do that with a Superman movie unless your definition is to see him having drawn out conversations in a coffee shop for two hours. You want to see a budget Superman movie stick in S4.

JasEl
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JasEl

Nonsense,quality character building with a few key set pieces is a better movie than hollow action anyday. That’s been WBs biggest problems, all spectacle, no content. And Deadpool had plenty of effects shots, His mask is cgi, Colossus is completely cgi and the rest was practical with cg enhancements. Practical effects can(and should) be the backbone of sfx anyway it looks better and more realistic because it is really being done. That was the difference between Ironman looking good and Cyborg looking like a cartoon, RDJ had an actual suit that was enhanced with cgi and Cyborg was completely cgi’d.